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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Mar 12, 2013 03:09 PM CDT

The Senate plan to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year spends just over $1 billion on the Food Safety and Inspection Service, but USDA indicates it would take another $52 million to avoid furloughing meat inspectors at the agency.

Some Republicans have ramped up criticism of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over sequester. Former Ag Secretary and current U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska sent Vilsack a blistering letter on Monday in which Johanns question why Vilsack chose not to request some funding flexibility at FSIS to avoid furloughs. Johanns noted Vilsack did so for other ...

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